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US Exempts Diplomats From Burma Economic Sanctions - 2003-08-19


The United States has exempted U.S. and foreign diplomats from some aggressive new trade sanctions on Burma.

The sanctions, which take effect later this month, ban imports from Burma, strengthens visa restrictions on the country's military leaders, and bars new investment by U.S. companies.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Monday the sanctions will not apply to diplomats bringing items produced in Burma into the United States -- so long as the items are not to be sold.

The Treasury Department also said funds could be transferred to Burma if they are used to support consular activities.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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